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Stan Lee reveals the extent of his failing eyesight

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Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee, who turned 93 just two weeks ago, revealed his vision has declined to the point that he can no longer read the adventures of the superheroes he helped to create.

“My eyesight has gotten terrible and I can’t read comic books any more,” he told Radio Times. “The print is too small. Not only a comic book, but I can’t read the newspaper or a novel or anything. I miss reading 100 percent. It’s my biggest miss in the world.”

Pulling from the magazine’s print edition, the Daily Mail quotes Lee as saying, “I come up with ideas for stories and somebody writes an outline for me – but I can’t read it. I have to hope it’s good. If something is very important, they print it in very big type for me to read – but that’s all I can do. I have the same trouble with hearing. It’s awful to feel a thousand years old.”

Lee, whose sunglasses have long been his signature, mentioned in a November interview with BBC Radio that his eyesight “isn’t that good,” but didn’t elaborate on the extent of the decline.

Although Lee may feel “a thousand years old,” he certainly doesn’t act like it: He maintains a busy public schedule, appearing regularly at conventions and Marvel movie premieres — and in the films themselves. He’s also been making the interview rounds, promoting his graphic memoir Amazing Fantastic Incredible.



Maybe he’s indoors too much. I know I feel better (as do my eyes) when I get some sunlight in them.

Growing old sucks.

I don’t know if he uses a computer or tablet, but people ought to be scanning the stuff for him, since you can increase the size of the images/fonts to your desired comfortable reading size. I’m only about 54, and while I have glasses, I sometimes increase the size of my font when checking e-mail. Reduces eyestrain for me.

Well maybe if he wasn’t working so hard he could recuperate. Seriously somebody needs to tell him to take a year long vacation in a shack by the woods or something. He’s done so much for the community it’s time he got a little me time.

German Gonzales,
It’s not that I don’t agree with you, I would need a holiday for sure!. Thoguh I think his work is what drives him. I’ve seen people who have stopped doing what drives them, and they just kind of stopped. They don’t get around as much because they don’t need to, they aren’t doing their passion. it’s kind of sad. I hope he keeps doing what he loves as long as he’s able to in some capacity.

I do know he will take some breaks if needed. I recall, I think last year or the year before Stan skipping some cons because he was feeling unwell.

Persons who retire pretty much go into decline rapidly. The idea that you should just “take a break” and “stop working” is false. If you don’t like work, then you better examine why and fix it. But not working is not a choice.

Stan’s 93! I’ve met him a few times. He’s a great guy, very energetic. He may not be around much longer. To tell him to stop and take a long break would not be a good idea. Let him use what time he has left!

He may not be 1000, but 93 is pretty darn old. No one likes to age, but it looks like he still keeps busy and has his signature wit about him. He’s the face of old-school, Silver Age comics unlike anyone out there. He still lights up an interview and makes people smile wherever he goes. I hope I can do that at 93!

Very well said, Jim! We only have so many years on this planet, so why waste that time doing things that don’t bring you happiness? To people like Stan, work isn’t a chore, it’s a way of life. More power to him for doing what he loves at such an old age.

It’s super sad that he can’t read comics anymore. Thankfully with tablets and computers, we can increase the size of text super easily. I know it’s not the same thing, but it’s so good to live in an era where even failing eyesight can’t prevent someone from reading. I hope Stan can find a way to use technology to his benefit. The guy is a living legend!

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